Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Strong winds and rain pummelled the island early on, but gave way by the afternoon to sunshine and a calm breeze. Little sea passage was recorded today, but still 245 Manx Shearwaters were logged.

More impressive, was todays wader movement with good number and diversity recorded. Most of today’s waders were logged on the Narrows including two Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, a Black-tailed Godwit, five Whimbrel, 29 Curlews, a Redshank, six Common Sandpipers and 20 Turnstones. Followed shortly by a Green Sandpiper briefly seen in the Lowlands of the island. A juv. Kestrel was seen as well as two juv. Cuckoos, of which one is presumed to have been locally bred!

Vismigging produced a further small selection of migrants, two Swifts, a Sand Martin, 26 Swallows and 15 House Martins were logged, which were a mixture of resident and migrant birds. Two Chiffchaffs, nine Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest were also logged today.

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